FROM SWEDEN TO LUCCA - THE JOURNEY TO OUR PARADISE
Villa Buonvisi is owned by the Swedish Mattsson Family who, out of coincidence, stumbled upon Villa Buonvisi and fell in love. Fell in love with the villa, the history, the surroundings, well - all of it!
We quickly saw the great potential and realized Villa Buonvisi was just too good to not be shared with others. We wanted more people to experience our hidden gem.
Together we decided to create a special destination with a "home-away-from-home" feeling. A place where one can explore, enjoy and celebrate.
We put a lot of love and passion in to this every day so you can experience a very personal, genuine and tailored stay with us.
IDA & THE BUONVISI TEAM
Wine, olive oil and growing with passion is something we hold close to our hearts at Buonvisi. Our vineyard mainly consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Trebbiano and Chardonnay grapes. Today we produce approximately 20,000 liters of wine with our winemaker Manuel Pulcini.
On the hills behind Villa Buonvisi you will find our beautiful olive grove with over 1000 ancient olive trees. During the harvest season in October and November, we pick the olives by hand and and produce our extra virgin olive oil. Something we are incredibly proud of and very happy to be able to produce and share with our guests.
THE BUONVISI HISTORY
Villa Buonvisi has its name from the Buonvisi family who were a big and powerful family in Lucca. The family made their wealth in bank industry and silk trade and became one of Lucca's most influential and wealthy families between the 13th and 17th century. The family owned as many as 20 villas, palaces and farms within and around Lucca's city walls. After carefully searching for a place with good cultivation and hunting opportunities, they found the perfect spot on the southwestern slopes outside Lucca. And during the mid 15th century, the Buonvisi family began building the Villa Buonvisi estate, planting olive trees and vines. And so It became one of the family's summer and hunting residences.
The Buonvisi family sold the villa in the early 19th century and then there have been different owners of the villa and it was also fortified by the Germans during World War II. It is also said that Napoleon sometimes visited Villa Buonvisi as his sister, Elisa Bonaparte princess of Lucca and grand duchess of Tuscany, lived just a stones throw away from Buonvisi.
We love all about Villa Buonvisi's unique, 500 year old history, it gives the villa so much charm. We are passionate to preserve that history and sharing it with our guests. We hope you will love it as much as we do.